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ixrinsruTES. 



The delegates composing the Seventy-sixth Annual Sessionofthe 
Muscle Shoals Association of Baptists convened with the Bethel 
Baptist church, Colbert county, Ala., on Friday October 4th, 1895, 
at 11, a. m. Elder R. T. Wear preached the introductory sermon. 
His text was : Romans 4th 19th— "Therefore it is of faith, that it 
might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the 
seed ; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is 
of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all." After the 
sermon, prayer was offered by Elder J. I. Stockton and a recess of 
one hour taken for refreshments. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. ' 

The Association assembled at the appointed time, Elder Jackson 
Gunn, the former moderator, called the Association to order. The 
former clerk, Elder Jos. Shackelford, took his place at the clerk's table. 
After religious services, conducted by the moderator, the asso- 
ciation was declared ready for business and the following brethren 
were appointed as reading clerks, viz : J. C. Orr, J. I. Stockton and 
E. S. Atkinson. 

The letters from the churches were then read and the names of 
the delegates enrolled as follows : 

Bethel, (Morgan county) — W-. H. Lawrence. 

Bethel, (Colbert county)— Isaac Bradford, A. J. Kirby, T. B. 
McClesky. 

Central church, New Decater— O. F. Wright. 

Falkville— S. S. Leeman, J. P. Thompson, W. H. Hay. 

Enon— T. T. Wallace, F. N. McMillan. 

Gum Springs, (Morgan county) — Letter, no delegates. 

Friendship — James Walker. 

Hopewell— J. J. Sandlin, D. J. Orr. 

Harmony— J. A. Walker, J. S. Howell, W. W. Tucker. 

Gum Springs, (Lawrence county)— G. W. Bond, W. H. Mustin. 

Macedonia, (Franklin county)— Mike Finney, John H. Tubbs, 
Thos Vincent. 



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Hartselle— J. D. McClanahan, W. T. Cobbs, J. C Orr. 
Decatur, (First church) — Edwin S. Atkinson. 
Liberty — J. M. Roberts. 
Lebanon — Letter, no delegates. 
Mt. Zion, (Morgan county) — Letter, no delegates. 
' Moulton — J. M. Sandlin. 
Bethany— J. D. Dawson, J. T. Odell, J. J ; Agee. 
Mt. Nebo, (Morgan county) — Letters, no delegates. 
Mt. Zion, (Lawrence county) — A. Beaver, C. C. Willis. 
Mt. Hope — Lewis M. Whitman, Geo. W. Jackson. 
Mt. Nebo, (Franklin county) — Harbert Horton, L. Quinn. 
Thos Byars. 

New Prospect — F. M. Caruth, J. P. Mastersonr 
Mt. Stanley — C. A. Reynolds, J. W. McDaniel, W. R. Flanagan. 
New Friendship 5 — W. E. Wright, J. A. Blankinship. 
New Hope — J. R. Blackman, O. B. Harris. 
New Center — Letter, no delegates. 
Danville— Jos. Shackelford, J. G. Orr, N. W. Roper 
Pleasant Hill — J. Gunn, A. J. Stewart, C. T. Royer. 
Valhermosa Springs — Letter, no delegates. 
Town Creek — R. T. Wear, John N. Jackson, L. A. Wear. 
Sheffield, (First church) — E. Evans. 

Tuscumbia — A. L. Moody, J. A. McWilliams, H. McWilliams. 
' Okolona— J. C. Reed, J. J. Beck. 

Russellville — Peter Clay, Morris Orman, S. D. Sargent. 

Salem, — E. F. Weatherwax. 

Center Grove — M W. Ratliff. 

Shady Grove — Letter, no delegates. 

Pleasant Grove — T. R. Bragg, G. D. Montgomery, T. A. Bragg. 

After the enrollment the association proceeded to the election of 
officers. Brothers J. D. McClanahan and D. F. Green were 
appointed tellers. 

The tellers, after counting the votes, announced that Bro. R. T. 
Wear was elected moderator, and Bro. Jos. Shackelford, clerk. 

After a few remarks by the moderator and clerk, elect, the mod- 
erator announced that the association was ready for business. 

On motion of Bro. J. Gunn, the order of business as printed in 
the minutes of last year was adopted as the order of business for this 
session. 



BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 



PETITIONARY LETTERS. 

On a call for petitionary letters, letters were read from the follow- 
ing churches, which were received and names of delegates enrolled as 
follows : 

Siloam, (Franklin county) — Oscar Grisham. 

Trinity — J. I. Stockton, T. W. Williams, William Speer. 

CORESPONDENTS. 

Bro. A. E. Burns, Evangelist of the State Mission Board, was 
received. 

Visiting brethren were invited to seats with us. 

COMMITTEES. 

The moderator appointed the following committees: 

On Devotional Exercises — Pastor and delegates of Bethel church 
with Bros. J. C. Orr and Peter Clay. 

On State of Religion — J. D. McClanahan, John Howell, T. R. 
fcragg. v 

On Documents — J. I. Stockton, T. ,W Williams, Thomas 
McCleskey. 

On Finance — A. L. Moody, J. G. Orr, George Jackson. 

On motion, the association adjourned to meet at 8:30 o'clock 
Saturday morning. Prayer by Bro. A. E. Burns. 



SECOND DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 

Saturday, October 5th 1895. 

The Association convened at the hour appointed. The religious 
services were conducted by Elder E. S. Atkinson, after which the 
association was called to order and the minutes of Friday read and 
approved. 

On motion of Elder J. I. Stockton, the subject of missions was 
made the special order for 10:30 o'clock this morning. 

A letter was read from First church. New Decatur and the name 
of Bro. G. W. Bell enrolled as its delegate. 



MINUTES OF MUSCLE SHOALS 



The report of the Board of Trustees of the Danville School was 
read, and after ren arks by Bro's. Jos. Shackelford, D. F. Green, 
J. C. Orr, and Marion Briscoe, was adopted as follows: 

REPORT OF THE B< ARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE NORTH ALABAMA BAPTIST 
COLLKGIATE INSTITUTE AND NORMAL SCHOOL. 

To the Muscle Shr als Association: Dear Brethren— 

The Board ol Trustees of the North Alabama Baptist Collegiate 
Institute and Norm 1 School at Danville, Ala., beg leave to make this, their 
third annual report to your body : 

The school closed its second session last June. The commencement 
exercises were well attended and the students acqnitted themselves with 
credit to themselves and their teachers. We had one full graduate. The 
enrollment during < he session was 76, Prof. J. C. Tidwell retired at the 
close of the first five month's term and Miss Emma Shackelford took his 
place. The Board »f Trustees, at their annual meeting in Tune, elected 
Prof. D. F. Green, graduate of the Marion Military Institute, President 
of the school, in pi; e of Rev. Jos. Shackelford, who resigned. Prof. Green 
comes to us, highl recommended by Dr. Murphy, President of Marion 
Military Institute 

Miss Lizzie S Jackson has charge of the Musical Department, and 
also assists in the 1 cerary department. She comes highly recommended; 
she is a graduate < the Boston Conservatory of Music. Prof. Green will 
give especial attei. ion to Bookkeeping and will give instruction in Com- 
mercial law and Typewriting. Young men and young ladies can be 
prepared at this school for business, at a very small cost. They can get 
all the advantages that are to be secured at commercial schools for less 
than one half the cost. The Trustees have recently furnished the school 
with a complete set of maps, charts and globes, which will be of great 
advantage to the chool. 

The third st sion commenced on the 2nd of September. We now 
have an enrollme.r of about 50, with' a good promise of more pupils soon. 
The school will or he 1st of October, issue a monthly paper, in the interest 
of the school, of lich the price of subscription will be 50 cents per year. 
We trust our people will patronize this paper and thus help the school. 

We think the Baptists of this association ought to patronize this 
school. It is you school and deserves your patronage. There is still 
about $100 due » the subscription made to this school two years ago, we 
need this very mnh to pay for articles bought by the Trustees for the 
school. We trust hat those who have not paid all their subscription, will 
do so as soon *■ possible, to our financial agent, Rev. Jos. Shackelford. 
The term of the 1 dlowing named trustees expires at this session of your 
bodv viz: W. Fl Simpson, J. C. Tidwell, and G. C. Hardwick. Their 
places will have t • be filled, either by their reappointment or the appoint- 
ment of others. lespecttully submitted. 
T. L. Baker, L \.cretary. W. H. Simpson, President. 

Danville, Abu, September 30, 1895.. 



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A letier from Cherry Hill church was presented, read, and the 
names of the following delegates enrolled, T. E. McCullock, E. R. 
Richerson. 

The following committee was appointed to suggest names of 
brethren to fill vacances in the Board of Trustees in the Danville 
school : Bros. W. T. Cobbs, J. C. Orr and D. J. Orr. 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

The following report of the Executive Board was read, and after 

some discussion, adopted: 

Report of Executive Board of Muscle Shoals Association, made 
October 1895. \ 

Your committee met in Moulton on Oct. 27th, 1894. We fbund from 
Bro. Jos. Shackelford's report that we had available funds amounting to 
$468.00, of this amount we appropriated to Harmony church, $25.00 

Home Mission Board 25.00 

State Mission Board 9 25.00 

Foreign Mission Board 25.00 

The above donations are independent of any other donations to 
Home, State or Foreign Mission Boards. We turned over one third of the 
remainder of our funds $114.00 to Bro's. Burleson, Kitchens and Tid well, 
to apply to mission work in the eastern portion of the association. We 
required that all churches that applied to this Board for aid to pay to the 
association an amount equal to the amount they ask from the association. 
We required each missionary employed by the Board, to make quarterly _ 
reports of their mission work to the Board. 

We instructed our clerk to write to all the churches in this associa- 
tion, which had not paid their pledges, and request them to send the 
amount to the treasurer at once. At a subsequent meeting we employed 
Bro. J M. Sandlin for $150,00, his church at Decatur to pay $50 of this 
amount. Bro. Sandlin made the canvass of this association with Bro. 
Burns and since that time has been doing work in the 1st and 2nd districts. 
Respectfully Submitted, O. D. Gibson, Chairman Board. 

J. M. Sanblin, Clerk. 

CORRESPONDENTS. 

The brethren herein named were appointed correspondents to the 
following associations and other bodies with which we correspond : 

lb Liberty Association — Jos. Shackelford, J. I. Stockton, E. S. 
Atkinson. 

To Big Bear Creek Association — M. Finney. 

To Cullman Association — M. Briscoe, J. C. Orr, W. T. Cobbs. 

To Florence Association — Harbert Horton. E Evans. 



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IV Alabama Baptist State Convention — Jos. Shackelford, J. W. 
Sandlin, E. S. Atkinson, J. C. Orr. 

To Southern Baptist Convention— Jos. Shackelford aud E. S. 
Atkinson, Alternate'. 

• MISSIONS. 

The hour of 10:30 having arrived, the special order the subject 
of Missions was taken up and reports were read as follows. 

On Associational Missions, by J. I. Stockton. 

On State Missions, by Jos:. Shackelford. 

On Foreign Missions, W. T. Cobbs. 

On Home Missions, by J. D. McClanahan. 

The Subject of Missions in general was' then discussed by Bro's. 
A. E Burns. E. S. Atkinson, Jos. Shackelford. 

PLEDGES FROM CHURCHES, SUNDAY SCHOOLS, AND INDIVIDUALS. 

Pledges from the churches for missions were then taken as follows : 



Bethel. (L) 

Bethel. (M) 

Danville, 

Decatur, First church, 

Falkville, 

Gum Springs. (M) Paid F. 

Mt. Nebo, (F) 

Mt. Hope, 

Mt. Pisgah, Paid F. C. 

Mt. Zion, (L) 

New Friendship, pd 

Pleasant Grove, pd to F. C 

Tu8cumbia, 

Harmony, (pd $1.15) 

Mt. Nebo, (M) 

Friendship, 

Okolona, 

Tuscumbia S. S., 

Decatur S. S.. 

Moulton S. S., 

E. S. Atkinson, 

A. L. Moodv, 

W: T. Cobbs, 



$ 



C. 



5.00 

6.00 

50.00 

30.00 

10.00 

4.60 

20.00 

20.00 

14.00 

5.00 

1.00 

5.00 

30.00 

10.00 

5.00 

5.00 

10.00 

10.00 

5.00 

5.00 

5.00 

5.00 

1.00 



261.00 



Bethany, . $ 5.00 

Blue Spring, 10.00 

Central church, New Decatur, 30.00 



Enon, 




15,00 


Hartselle, 




20.00 


Macedonia, (F) 50cts paid, 


20.00 


Center Grove, 




5.00 


Moulton, 




20.00 


Prospect, 




5.00 


New Decatur, First church, 


75.00 


Russellville, 




15.00 


Pleasant Hill, 




10.00 


Town Creek, 




20.00 


Mt. Stanley, 




12.00 


Trinity, pd to F. C. 




11.00 


Furnace Hill, 




5.00 


Sheffield, 




10.00 


Sheffield S. S., 




5.00 


Russellville S. S., 




5.00 


Central S. S., New Decatur. 


8.00 


Jos. Shackelford, for D. 


church 10 00 


H. Horton, 




1.00 


Cash collected, 




13.31 




$330.31 


/ 




261.00 



Total pledged, $591.31 

From J. G. Orr, $5.00 paid. In memory of his daughter, Miss Glenn Orr, 

who was in her life time, an active worker in the church and Sabbath 

school at Danville. 

How true the language of scripture:— "Blessed are the dead who die in 



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the Lord, from henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from 

their labors, and their works do follow them." 

The following is the total amount of pledges and cash, $591.31 
Collections on Sabbath, 16.44 



Total for missions for 1895, $607.75. 

After taking the pledges of the churches, the association ad- 
journed for one hour. Prayer by Bro. T. R. Bragg. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Th? association convened at the appointed time, prayer by Bro. 
Quinn. 

The reports on missions were then read and adopted as follows : 

ASSOCIATIONAL MISSIONS. 

Your Committee on Associational Missions submit the following 
report: Dear Brethren — It is a fact, that in our bounds there are many 
places where the people are not in close proximity to any of our churches. 
We would call special attention to such places as centers of influence. 
There are a number of weak churches, that "are strugling for existence. Our 
Executive Board has been doing what it could with the means in hand, but 
.it is our opinion, that if we had more mission work done in our midst, it 
would increase the missionary spirit in our churches, and that»our State, 
Home and Foreign Boards would receive more aid from our association. 

J. I. Stockton, Chairman. 

REPORT OF STATE MISSIONS. 

Your committee on State Missions, submit the following report : The 
Baptist State Board of Missions, have the entire supervision of Missions 
in the State, and also the supervision of ministerial education and colport- 
age. In fact all of our work as a denomination, so far as securing means 
lor the promotion of Foreign Missions, Home Missions, State Missions, the 
Colportage work and the education of ministers, has been turned over to 
this Board. This simplifies the work and lessens expenses. There is no 
need for agents to be put into the field by the Foreign and Home Mission 
Boards. The Boards of Ministerial Education and Colportage have been 
merged into the State Mission Board. The Corresponding Secretary of 
this Board, Elder W. B. Crumton, assisted by three other brethren, who do 
the work of evangelists, as well as assisting the Secretary, canvass the 
entire State, in the interest of this Board. In this way the .work of the 
Board is placed before the churches, and they are appealed to for the sup- 
port of the different Interests that are placed in the hands ot the Board. 
Money, for whatever given, is sent to whatever Board the donor may 
direct. That is, if a brother or church wish to give to Foreign Missions. 
Home Missions, or State Missions, all that is necessary, is for it to be so 



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designated, and it will be sent as directed. The success that has attended 
this plan thus far, proves that it is the best, and really produces more 
money for the different Boards. The following figures will show what has 
been collected for the various purposes during the year ending June 30th, 
1895: State Missions, $7,748.86; Home Missions, $3,341.13; Foreign 
Missions, $3,828.50; Ministerial Education, $1,936.81 ; all other purposes, 
$2,654.76; Total. $19,510.09. The State Board is doing a great work in 
the State. It is educating our people to give more liberally and more 
systematically. It is having the gospel preached in our destitute towns 
and country places, and by its colporters supplying our people with 
Baptist literature. This is a good work and our churches should encour- 
age it by liberal donations to that Board. We give below a summary of 
the work done by the Board in the State during the year ending 
June 30th, 1895: 

Number of men emplo3'ed, 40, of these 13 were Missionary Colporters; 
Days of service, 5,011; Miles traveled, 30,461 ; Sermons delivered, 2,332; 
Addresses made, 1,132; Churches constituted, 1; Number of persons bap- 
tised, 337, Baptized by others, 369; Received by letter, 305; Restored 42; 
Sunday schools organized, 43; Missionary Societies organized, 10; Prayer 
meetings organized, 101; Prayer meetings held, 639;' Number of visits to 
preaching stations, 301 : Number of churches visited, 613; Number of visits 
made, 7,127; Subscribers to the Alabama Baptist secured, 287; Subscribers 
to the "Foreign Mission Journal" secured, 129; Pages of tracts distributed 
23,566 ; Meeting houses commenced, 7 ; Meeting houses finished, 8 ; Money 
collected for meeting houses, $477.90; Money collected for Missions, 
$1,575.27; Money collected for Ministerial Education, $15.50; Money 
collected for Orphan's Home, $92.80; Money collected for Bible and Col- 
portage Board, $42.40; Number ot books sold, 994; Value of the same, 
$474.82; Number of Bibles and Testaments sold, 617; Value of the same 
$600.83; Number of Bibles and Testaments donated. 80; Value of the 
same,, 14.90; Families found destitute of the Bible, 40; Nineteen young 
preachers in Howard College, and six in the Seminary. 

We are glad to know that our State Board has been doing such a 
good work and we commend it to all our churches. Elder A. E. Burns is 
employed by the Board as an assistant Secretary, with territory in North 
Alabama, He has proven to be a most effective worker, and we trust that 
he may continue in this work, Respectfully submitted, 

Jos. Shackelford'. Chairman. 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 

We your committee on Home Missions submit the following report 
of the work of the Home Board for the year 1895: 

Missionaries employed 425, Weeks of labor 11,466, Churches and 
Stations visited 3,484, Sermons and addresses delivered 46,620, Prayer 
meetings organized 5,774, Received by Baptism 5,921, Received by Letter 
6,516, Total additions 10,564, Sunday Schools organized 2.110, Teachers 



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The delegates composing the Seventy-sixth Annual Session of the 
Muscle Shoals Association - of Baptists convened with the Bethel 
Baptist church, Colbert county, Ala., on Friday October 4th, 1895. 
at 11, a. m. Elder R. T. Wear preached the introductory sermon. 
His text was: Romans 4th 19th — "Therefore it is of faith, that it 
might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the 
seed ; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is 
of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all." After the 
sermon, prayer was offered by Elder J. I. Stockton and a recess of 
one hour taken for refreshments. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Association assembled at the appointed time, Elder Jackson- 
Gunn, the former moderator, called the Association to order. The 
former clerk, Elder Jos. Shackelford, took his place at the clerk's table. 

After religious services, conducted by the moderator, the asso- 
ciation was declared ready for business and the following brethren 
were appointed as reading clerks, viz : J. C. Orr, J. I. Stockton and 
E. S. Atkinson. 

The letters from the churches were then read and the names of 
the delegates enrolled as follows: 

Bethel, (Morgan county) — W. H. Lawrence. 

Bethel, (Colbert county)— rlsaac Bradford, A. J. Kirby, T. B. 
McClesky. 

Central church, New Decater — O. F. Wright. 

Falkville — S. S. Leeman, J. P. Thompson, W. H. Hay. 

Enon— J. T. Wallace, F. N. McMillan. 

Gum Springs, (Morgan county) — Letter, no delegates. 

Friendship — James Walker. 

Hopewell— J. J. Sandlin, D. J. Orr. 

Harmony— J. A. Walker, J. S. Howell, W. W. Tucker. 

Gum Springs, (Lawrence county)— G. W. Bond, W. H. Mustin. 
. Macedonia, (Franklin county) — Mike Finney, John H. Tubbs, 
Thos Vincent. 






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Hartselle — J. D. McClanahan, W. T. Cobbs, J. C Orr. 

Decatur, (First church) — Edwin S. Atkinson. 

Liberty — J. M. Roberts. 

Lebanon — Letter, no delegates. 

Mt. Zion, (Morgan county) — Letter, no delegates. 

Moulton— J. M. Sandlin. 

Bethany— J. D. Dawson, J. T. Odell, J. J. Agee. 

Mt. Nebo, (Morgan county)— -Letters, no delegates. 

Mt. Zion, (Lawrence county) — A. Beaver, C. C. Willis. 

Mt. Hope — Lewis M. Whitman, Geo. W. Jackson. 

Mt. Nebo, (Franklin county) — Harbert Horton, L. Quinn, 
Thos Byars. 

New Prospect — F. M. Caruth, J. P. Masterson. 

Mt. Stanle) — C. A. Reynolds, J. W. McDaniel, W. R. Flanagan. 

New Friendship— W. E. Wright, J. A. Blankinship. 

New Hope — J. R. Blackman, O. B. Harris. 

New Center — Letter, no delegates. 

Danville— Jos. Shackelford, J. G. Orr, N. W. Roper 

Pleasant Hill— J. Gunn, A. J. Stewart, C. T. Royer. 

Valhermosa Springs — Letter, no delegates. 

Town treek— R. T. Wear, John N. Jackson,' L. A. Wear. 

Sheffield, (First church)-^E. Evans. 

Tuscumbia — A. L. Moody, J. A. McWilliams, H. McWilliams. 

Okolona— J. C. Reed, J. J. Beck. 

Russellville-^-Peter Clay, Morris Orman, S. D. Sargent. 

Salem, — E. F. Weatherwax. 

Center Grove — M W. Ratliff. 

Shady Grove — Letter, no delegates. 

Pleasant Grove — T. R. Bragg, G. D. Montgomery, T. A. Bragg. 

After the enrollment the association proceeded to the election of 
officers. Brothers J. D. McClanahan and D. F. Green were 
appointed tellers. • 

The tellers, after counting the votes, announced that Bro. R. T. 
Wear was elected moderator, and Bro. Jos. Shackelford, clerk. 

After a few remarks by the moderator and clerk, elect, the mod- 
erator announce that the association was ready for business. 

On motion of Bro. J. Gunn, the order of business as printed in 
the minutes of last year was adopted as the order of business for this 
session. 



BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 



PETITIONARY LETTERS. 

On a call for petitionary letters, letters were read from the follow- 
ing churches, which were received and names of delegates enrolled as 
follows : 

Siloam, (Franklin county) — Oscar Grisham. 

Trinity — J. I. Stockton, T. W. Williams, William Speer. 

CORESPONDENTS. 

Bro. A. E. Burns, Evangelist of the State Mission Board, was 
received. 

Visiting brethren were invited to seats with us. * 

COMMITTEES. 

The moderator appointed the following committees: 

On Devotional Exercises — Pastor and delegates of Bethel church 
with Bros. J. C. Orr and Peter Clay. 

On State of Religion — J. D. McClanahan, John Howell, T. R. 
Bragg. , 

On Documects- — T. I. Stockton, T. .W Williams, Thomas 
McCleskey. 

On Finance — A. L. Moody, J. G. Orr, George Jackson. 

On motion, the association adjourned to meet at 8:30 o'clock 
Saturday morning. Prayer by Bro. A. E. Burns. 



SECOND DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 

Saturday, October 5th 1895. 

The Association convened at the hour appointed. The religious, 
services were conducted by Elder E. S. Atkinson, after which the 
association was> called to order and the minutes of Friday read and 
approved. 

On motion of Elder J. I. Stockton, the subject of missions was 
made the special order for 10:30 o'clock this morning. 

A letter was read from First church. New Decatur and the name 
of Bro. G. W. Bell enrolled as its delegate. 



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The report of the Board of Trustees of the Danville School was 
read, and after remarks by Bro's. Jos. Shackelford, D. F. Green, 
J. C. Orr, and Virion Briscoe, was adopted as follows; 

REPORT OF THE <ARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE NORTH ALABAMA BAPTIST 

, CO LEGIATE INSTITUTE AND NORMAL SCHOOL. 

To the Muscle b. oals Association: Dear Brethren — 

The Board « t Trustees of the North Alabama Baptist Collegiate 
Institute and Norn al School at Danville, Ala., beg leave to make this, their 
third annual repoi : to your body : 

The school d >sed its second session last June. The commencement 
* exercises were wen attended and the students acquitted themselves with 
credit to themselv s and their teachers. We had one full graduate. The 
enrollment during the session was 76, Prof. J. C. Tidwell retired at the 
close of the first five month's term and Miss Emma Shackelford took his 
place. The Board of Trustees, at their annual meeting in June, elected 
Prof. D. F. Green, a graduate of the Marion Military Institute, President 
of the school, in pi ice of Rev. Jos. Shackelford, who resigned. Prof. Green 
comes to us, highly recommended by Dr. Murphy, President of* Marion 
Military Institute. 

Miss Lizzie M. Jackson has charge of the Musical Department, and 
also assists in the literary department. She comes highly recommended; 
she is a graduate >f the Boston Conservatory of Music. Prof. Green will 
-give especik! attention to Bookkeeping and will give ipstruction in Com- 
mercial law and Typewriting. Young men and young ladies can be 
prepared at this school for business, at a very small cost. They can get 
all the advantages that are to be secured at commercial schools for less 
than one half the cost. The Trustees have recentlv furnished the school 
with a complete set of maps, charts and globes, which will be of great 
advantage to the school. 

The third session commenced on the 2nd of September. We now 
have an enrollment of about 50, with a good promise of more pupils soon. 
The school will on the 1st of October, issue a monthly paper, in the interest 
of the school, of which the price of subscription will be 50 cents per year. 
We trust onr people will patronize this paper and thus help the school. 

We think the Baptists of this association ought to patronize this 
•school. It is your school and deserves your patronage. There is still 
about $100 due on the subscription made to this school two years ago, we 
need this very much to pay tor articles bought by the Trustees for the 
school. We trust that those who have not paid all their subscription, will 
do so as soon as possible, to our financial agent. Rev. Jos. Shackelford. 
The term of the following named trustees expires at this session of your 
body, viz: W. H.Simpson. J. C. Tidwell, and G. C. Hardwick. Their 
places will have to lie filled, either by their reappointment or the appoint- 
ment of others. Respectfully submitted. 

T. L. Baker. Secretary. W. H. Simpson, President. 

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A letter from Cherry Hill church was presented, read, and the 
names of the following delegates enrolled, T. E. McCullock, E. R. 
Richerson. 

The following committee was appointed to suggest names of 
brethren to fill vacances in the Board of Trustees in the Danville 
school : Bros. W. T. Cobbs, J. C. Orr and D. J. Orr. 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

The following report of the Executive Board was read, and after 
some discussion, adopted : 

Report of Executive Board of Muscle Shoals Association, made 
October 1895. 

Your committee met in Moulton on Oct. 27th, 1894. We found from 
Bro. Jos. Shackelford's report that we had available funds amounting to 
$468.00, of this amount we appropriated to Harmony church, $25.00 

Home Mission Board 25.00 

State Mission Board 25.00 

Foreign Mission Board 25.00 

The above donations are independent of any other donations to 
Home, State or Foreign Mission Boards. We turned over one third of the 
remainder of our funds $114.00 to Bro's. Burleson, Kitchens and Tidwell, 
to apply to mission work in the eastern portion of the association. We 
required that all churches that applied to this Bolrd for aid to pay to the 
association an amount equal to the amount they ask from the association. 
We required each missionary employed by the Board, to make quarterly 
reports of their mission work to the Board. 

We instructed our clerk to write to all the churches in this associa- 
tion, which had not paid their pledges, and request them to send the 
amount to the treasurer at once. At a subsequent meeting we employed 
Bro. J M.. Sandlin for $150,00, his church at Decatur to pay $50 of this 
amount. Bro. Sandlin matle the canvass of this association with Bro. 
Burns and since that time has been doing work in the 1st and 2nd districts. 
Respectfully Submitted, O. D. Gibson, Chairman Board. 

J. M. Sandlin, Clerk. 

CORRESPONDENTS. 

The brethren herein named were appointed correspondents to the 
following associations -and other bodies with which we correspond : 

'To Liberty Association — Jos. Shackelford, J. 1. Stockton, E. S. 
Atkinson. 

To Big Bear Creek Association — M. Finney. 

To Cullman Association — M. Briscoe, J. C. Orr, W. T. Cobbs. 

To Florence Association — Harbert Horton. E Evans. - 



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TV Alabama Baptist State Convention — Jos. Shackelford, J. W. 
Sandlin, E S. Atkinson, J. C. Orr. 

To Southern Baptist Convention — Jos. Shackelford aud E. S. 
Atkinson, Alternate. 

MISSIONS. 

The hour of 10:30 having arrived, the special order the subject 
of Missions was taken up and reports were read as follows. 

On Associational Missions, by J. I. Stockton. 

On State Missions, by Jos. Shackelford. 

On Foreign Missions, W. T. Cobbs. 

On Home Missions, by J. D. McClanahan. 

The Subject of Missions in general «as then discussed by Bro's. 
A. E Burns. E. S. Atkinson, Jos. Shackelford. 

PLEDGES FROM CHURCHES, SUNDAY SCHOOLS, AND INDIVIDUALS. 

Pledges from the churches for missions were then taken as follows : 

Bethany. $ 5.00 

Blue Spring, 10.00 
Central church. New Decatur, 30.00 

Enon. 15.00 

Hartselle, 20.00 

Macedonia, (F) 50cts paid, 20.00 

Center Grove, 5.00 

Moulton, 20.00 

Prospect, 5.00 

New Decatur, First church, 75.00 

Russellville, 15.00 

Pleasant Hill, 10.00 

Town Creek, 20.00 

Mt. Stanley, 12.00 

Trinity, *pd to F. C. 11.00 

Furnace Hill, 5.00 

Sheffield, 10.00 

Sheffield S. S.. 5.00 

Russellville S. S., 5.00 

Central S. S.. New Decatur. 8.00 
Jos. Shackelford, for D. churchlO 00 

H. Horton. 1.00 

Cash collected, 13.31 



Bethel, (L) 


$ 


5.00 


Bethel. (M) 




6.00 


Danville, 




50.00 


Decatur, First church, 




30.00 


Falkville, 




10.00 


Gum Springs. (M) Paid F. C 


. 4.60 


Mt. Nebo, (F) 




20.00 


Mt. Hope, 




20.00 


Mt. Pisgah, Paid F. 


C. 


14.00 


Mt. Zion, (L) 




5.00 


New Friendship, pd 




1.00 


Pleasant Grove, pd to F 


c. 


5.00 


Tuscumbia, 




30.00 


Harmony, (pd $1.15) 




10.00 


Mt Nebo, (M) 




5.00 


Friendship, 




5.00 


Okolona, 




10.00 


Tuscumbia S. S., 




10.00 


Decatur S. S.. 




5.00 


Moulton S. S., 




5.00 


E. $. Atkinson, 




5.00 


A. L. Moodv, 




5.0*0 


W. T. Cobbs, 




1.00 



261.00 



$330.31 
261.00 



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Total pledged, $591.31 

From J. G. Orr, $5.00 paid. In memory of his daughter, Miss Glenn Orr, 
who was in her life time, an active worker in the church and Sabbath- 
school at Danville. 

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the Lord, from henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from 

their labors, and their works do follow them." 

The following is the total amount of pledges and cash, $591.31 
Collections on Sabbath, 16.44 



Total for missions for 1895, $607.75. 

After taking the pledges of the churches, the association ad- 
journed for one hour. Prayer by Bro. T. R. Brayg. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Th? association convened at the appointed time, prayer by Bro. 
Quinn. 

The reports on missions were then read and adopted as follows : 

ASSOCIATJONAL MISSIONS. 

Your Committee on Associational Missions submit the following 
report: Dear Brethren— It is a fact, that in our bounds there are many 
places where the people are not in close proximity to any of our churches. 
We would call special attention to such places as centers of influence. 
There are a number of weak churches, that are strugling for existence. Our 
Executive Board has been doing what it could with the means in hand, but 
it is our opinion, that if we had more mission work done in ourmidst.it 
would increase the missionary spirit in our churches, and that our State, 
Home and Foreign Boards would receive more aid from our association. 
+ J. I. Stockton, Chairman. 

REPORT OF STATE MISSIONS. 

Your committee on State Missions, submit the following report : The 
Baptist State Board of Missions, have the entire supervision of Missions 
in the State, and also the supervision of ministerial education and colport- 
age. In fact all of our worl^as a denomination, so far as securing means 
for the promotion of Foreign Missions, Home Missions, State Missions, the 
Colportage work and the education of ministers, has been turned over to 
this Board. This, simplifies the work and lessens expenses. There is no 
need for agents to be put into the field by the Foreign and Home Mission 
Boards. The Boards of Ministerial Education and Colportage have been 
merged into the State Mission Board. The Corresponding Secretary of 
this Board, Elder W. B. Crumton, assisted by three other brethren, who do 
the work of evangelists, as well as assisting the Secretary, canvass the 
entire State, in the interest of this Board. In this way the work of the 
Board is placed before the churches, and they are appealed to for the sup- 
port of the different interests that are placed in the hands ot the Board. 
Money, for whatever given, is sent to whatever Board the donor may 
direct. That is, if a brother or church wish to give to Foreign Missions. 
Home Missions, or State Missions, all that is necessary, is for it to be so 



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designated, and it will be sent as directed. The success that has attended 
this plan thus far, proves that it is the best, and really produces more 
money for the different Boards. The following figures will show what has 
been collected for the various purposes during the year ending Jane 30th, 
1895: State Missions, $7,748.86; Home Missions, $3,341.13; Foreign 
Missions, $3,828.50; Ministerial Education, $1,936.81 ; all other purposes, 
$2,654.76; Total. $19,510.09. The State Board is doing a great work in 
the State. It is educating our people to give more liberally and more 
systematically. It is having the gospel preached in our destitute towns 
;md country places, and by its colporters supplying our people with 
Baptist literature. This is a good work and our churches should encour- 
age it by liberal donations to that Board. We give below a summary of 
the work done by the Board in the State during the year ending 
June 30th, 1895: 

Number of men employed, 40, of these 13 were Missionary Colporters; 
Days of service, 5,011; Miles traveled, 30,461 ; Sermons delivered, 2,332; 
Addresses made, 1,132; Churches constituted, 1" Number of persons bap- 
tised, 337, Baptized by others, 369; Received by letter, 305; Restored 42; 
Sunday schools organized, 43; Missionary Societies organized, 10; Prayer 
meetings organized, 101; Prayer meetings held, 639; Number of visits to 
preaching stations,301 : Number of churches visited, 613 ; Number of visits 
made, 7,127; Subscribers to the Alabama Baptist secured, 287; Subscribers 
to the "Foreign Mission Journal" secured, 129; Pages of tracts distributed 
23,566; Meeting houses commenced, 7; Meeting houses finished, 8; Money 
collected for meeting houses, $477.90; Money collected for Missions, 
$1,575.27; Money collected for Ministerial Education, $15.50; Money 
collected for Orphan's Home, $92.80; Money collected for Biflle and Col- 
portage Board, $42.40; Number of books sold, 994; Value of the same, 
$4.74.82;, Number of Bibles and Testaments sold, 617; Value of the same 
$600.83; Number of Bibles and Testaments donated. 80; Value of the 
same,, 14.90; Families found destitute of the Bible, 40; Nineteen young 
preachers in Howard College, and six in the Seminary. 

We are glad to know that our State Board has been doing such a 
good work and we'commend it to all our churches. Elder A. E. Burns is 
employed by the Board as an assistant Secretary, with territory in North 
Alabama, He has proven to be a most effective worker, and we trust that 
he may continue in this work, Respectfully submitted, 

Jos. Shackelford. Chairman. 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 

We your committee on Home Missions submit the following report 
of the work of the Home Board for the year 1895: 

Missionaries employed 425, Weeks of labor 11,466, Churches and 
Stations visited 3,484, Sermons and addresses delivered 46,620, Prayer 
meetings organized 5,774, Received by Baptism 5,921, Received by Letter 
6,516, Total additions 10,564, Sunday Schools organized 2,110, Teachers 



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BOARD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 



REPORT OF TREASURER OF THE 
Jos. Shackelford, Treasurer, 

In acconnt with the Board of Ministerial Education. 



1894 
Oct. 

Nov. 
Mch. 
Mch. 
Apr. . 



June 



To amount received of W. D. Irwin, Treasurer of Asso- 
ciation collected at the Association, 
16, To amount from W. D. Irwin, pd to W. B. Crumpton, 
14, To amount from Roch Creek church, 
24, To amount from Tuscumbia church, 
30, To amount from Dr. J. M. Kichens for Enon church, 
• » « ' ' ' ' ' Mt. Pisgah ch., 

« « « « • « « * ' Pleasant Hill ch., 

10, ' ' ' Moulton church and Sabbath School, 

ll' • ' • Judge Simpson, Treasurer of last Board, 

1 ' * Enon church, 



Dr. 



$ 32 00 
5 00 
1 
3 



25 
75 
90 
55 
00 
50 
50 
75 



1894 CONTRA. 

Oct. By amount, paid to G. Hard wick, board of Briscoe, 

Nov. 16 By amount paid Bro. Briscoe, 

By amount paid W. B. Crumpton per Irwin, 
Dec. 26 Bv amount paid Briscoe, 
1895 

Mch. 14 Bv amount paid Brisco, 
' By 
' 22 Bv 

• 24 By 
May 4 Bv 

* 14 By 
June 8 By 

' 14 Bv 
July 23 By 



Sept. 30 By 



$ 57 20 

$ 3 40 

10 00 

5 00 

5 00 



1 
2 
5 

5 
2 
3 



25 
50 
00 
75 
00 
00 
00 
10 00 
2 00 

$54 90 
2 30 



$57 20 
Respectfully submitted, 
Danville, Sept. 30, 1895. Jos. Shackelford, Treasurer. 

REPORT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

Your committee on Ministerial education, considers this a ques- 
tion of vast importance, since we are in a progressive age, and must 
keep abreast with the times. Realizing that the time is rapidly 
approaching when the ministry, together with other vocations if 
unprepared, will be crowded back. We are proud to note the fact 
that our Association, with all North Alabama* is being aroused to 
recognize this fact, but let us demonstrate it more fully by contribu- 
ting to this cause more liberally that ever before, and thus prepare our 
ministry to compete with other denominations, honoring the cause of 
Christ with what the age demands, an educated ministry.' 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Marion Briscoe, Chairman. 



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Reports on Orphans' Home and Young People's Work called 
for. No reports offered. 

BIBLE AND COLPORTAGE WORK. 



The report on Colportage work was read by Bro. R. T. Wear, 
and after discussion by Bros. Shackelford, Norwood, McClanahan, 
and Orr, and amended by resoluiion offered by Bro. Shackelford, was 
adopted as follows : 

As this Association has done nothing along this line of work, at 
least tor several years, we can but emphasize the suggestion made last 
year by the committee on this subject: That this Association should 
have a Missionary Colporteur for all his time, supplied with Bibles 
and our best denominational books. When the importance of this 
work is properly brought before our people, we feel that it will result 
in great good and strength to the denomination. We know that an 
effort has been made by the State Board of Missions to raise in each 
Association a permanent fund to be invested in books, and that the 
Association cooperate with the State Board in procuring a suitable man 
who shall travel throughout the bounds ot this body, preaching the 
gospel, and supplying the people w.th Bibles and wholesome religious 
literature. My brethren; shall we not at once, even at this meeting, 
do something to start t*his work, which all who have given it the 
proper thought, admit it to be of such vital importance to us as 
churches of Christ. The land is flooded with literature, which in its 
tendancy to say the least, is dishonoring to the truth of Christ. Books 
are circulated that .are mere assertions, yet, put forth in such a way as 
is calculated to mislead, especially the young. Many of these are 
aiming their darts at the truth as held by Baptist. Shall we not then 
make an effort to counteract these influences with the truth of Christ? 
Brethren; let us be loyal to the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ, faith- 
ful to the trust committed to us. and earnest in giving the whole truth 
to our fellow man as it is in Jesus. 

Respectfully submitted, 

R. T. Wear, 
T. R. Bragg. 

Amended by the following resolutions : 

Resolved, That we suggest to our executive board the importance 
of having a colportage work done within the bounds of the Muscle 
Shoals Association and request them to organize the mission work 
with the colportage a§ a permanent part of it. 

STATE OF RELIGION. 

The report on the State of Religion was read, and after remarks 
by Bro. J. C. Orr, was adopted, as follows: 

Your committee on State of Religion, report as follows: We find 
from the reports of the letters, that there have been several revivals of 

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religion in our midst, souls born ta God, and sinners convinced of 
their need of a Saviour, and the churches more fully convinced of 
their obligation to do the work which their Divine Master called them 
to do. Christ said : "Ye are the light of the world," God help them 
to let their light shine. We feel satisfied that our ministers have done 
faithful preaching insetting forth the light and lite of Christ to their 
congregations. We are sorry that we have no report form about 15 
of our churches, we hope, however, that the Spirit of the Master is 
with them. A very small -per cent of our churches reports Sunday 
Schools. There are, however, a good many of our churches that have 
Sunday Schools, that fail to report th«*m in their letters. Only a few 
report proper meetings. We thank God that the interest is increasing 
in ou«- bounds, along on the line of religious work. We find that 
some churches report that they 'are in a lukewarm condition. We 
would advise such churches to see that they have service at their house 
of worship every Lord's day, and consecrate their lives to the service 
of God. We have received an abundant harvest this year, and bur 
land is filed with plenty to meet our demands in temporal things, God 
help us to contribute liberally of our substance to the Lord's cause, 
that we may continue to receive these temporal things; for He says : 
"The liberal soul shall be made fat" God grant that the time may 
soon come, when every church in the bounds of the Muscle Shoals 
Association shall be worked up to a higher standard of christian living 
and christian giving. Respectfully Submitted, 

J. D. McClanahaa, Chairman. 

REPORT ON DOCUMENTS. 

The following report on documents was read and adopted : 
Dear Brethren — We find from the letters to this body, 1st. That four 
of the churches ask for the meeting of this body in 1896, to-wit : 
Sheffield, Town Creek, Gum Spring, in Morgan county and the 
Central church, of New Decatur. 2nd, Two churches ask for the 
publication of the Articles of Faith as adopted by this association, in 
the minutes of this year. , J. I. Stockton, 

Tobe Williams, 
T. McCleskey. 

ORPHANS HOME. 

The following report on Orphans' Home was read and adopted : 
We rejoice in the fact that this institution, located in Evergreen, Ala., 
Elder J. W. Stewart, the Financial Secretary, is succeeding finely. 
Many orphan children of deceased Baptists, are»being provided with 
good homes and their mental and nr»oral development provided for. 
Brethren, there is no more humane and benevolent work than this. 
Let all our churches take regular collections for this good work, and 
forward promptly to Elder J. W. Stewart, Evergreen, Ala. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. D. McClanahan. 






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The old Board of Ministerial Education was reappointed. See 
list on first page of cover. 

TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING; 

The committee on time and place of next meeting and preacher 
of introductory sermon and alternate, reported as follows: 

We your committee on time and place of the next meeting of 
the Muscle Shoals Association, recommend Thursday before the first 
Sabbath in October, 1896, as the time, and Town Creek church Law- 
rence county, as the place, and J. W. Sandlin to preach the introduc- 
tory sermon, with E. S. Atkinson as alternate. 

O. F. Wright, 
E. Evans, 
Luther A. Wear. 

The report of the committee as to time was for Friday, which on 

motion of Bro. E. Evans, was changed to Thursday, and the report 

thus amended was adopted. 

A letter from Bro. Jno. Speer, addressed to Bro. Jos. Shackelford, 
was read to the Association. In this letter Bro. Speer expressed the 
opinion that he would never again meet with the Association and 
asked the prayers of the brethren. His health has been very bad for 
some time, and there are fears that he may never recover. A collec- 
tion was taken for his benefit amounting to $8.75 and turned over 
to the clerk to be delivered to Bro. Speer. The Association spent 
a short time in prayer in his behalf, led by the Moderator. 

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED. 

By Bro. J. D. McClanahan, Resolved, That the delegates com- 
prising the Muscle Shoals Association tender our thanks to the Bethel 
Baptist Church and the people of the vicinity for their kindness and 
hospitality extended to us during our stay in their midst. 

By Bro. O. F. Wright, Resolved, That the clerk have 1000 
copies of the minutes printed and superintend the distribution of the 
same; and that he be paid $25 for his services. The treasurer is 
authorized to pay for the printing and clerk'siee. 

By Bro. O. F. Wright, on Temperance. Resolved, that it is the 
duty of all Baptists to discountenance the sale and manufacture of all 
intoxicating beverages, also the drinking of same. And that the 
drinking, sale, or signing of any petition to authorize the sale of 
intoxicants should be considered a just cause for the withdrawal of 
church fellowship. This resolution was discussed by Bros. Finney, 
Shackelford, Burns and Orr. 

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instructed to send all moneys donated by the churches to the-respec- 
tive boards to which they are designated, and divide the remainder 
of the mission money among the respective boards, Foreign, Home, 
State and Associational, equitably and that the clerk be authorized to 
correct the report of the Finance Committee according to the letters, 
and his knowledge of the facts. 

TRUSTEES OF THE DANVILLE SCHOOL. 

The committee appointed to suggest persons to be appointed 
Trustees of Danville School to fill vacancies caused by the expiration 
of the time of J. C. Tidwell, George C. Hardwick and W. H. Simp- 
son, recommended that the same be reappointed for three years. The 
report was adopted and the brethren appointed Trustees for the term 
ending in October 1898. 

STANDING COMMITTEES. 

The Moderator announced the following standing committees for 
the ensuing year : 

Associational Missions — O. E. Comstock, R. E. Quinn, J. E. Roan. 
State Missions — T. R. Bragg, Marion Briscoe, W. H. Aycock. 
Foreign Missions— J. Gunn, J. W. Sandlin, VV. E. Wright. 
Home Missions — W. T. Cobbs, Peter Clay, J. T. Wallace. 
Education— D. F. Green, J. G. Orr, J. N. Jackson. 
Ministerial Education — Jos. Shackelford, Wm. East, D. J. Orr. 

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 

The Finance Committee made their report, which was adopted 
with the provision that the clerk be allowed to arrange the same 
according to instructions from the churches. See table. 

All business being completed, on motion the Association ad- 
journed sine die. After singing the parting hymn and giving the 
parting hand, prayer was offered by Bro. W. E. Wright, the Moderator 
then pronounced the Association adjourned. Thus closed another 
pleasant, and we trust, profitable session. 

R. T. Wear. Moderator. 
Josephus Shackelford. Clerk. 



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Statistics of Muscle Skoals Association for 1895. 



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CHURCHES. 



County. 



Pastor. 



Bethel Colbert 

Bethel, Morgan 

Bethany, Lawrence 

Blue Spring, Morgan 

Cave Spring Morgan 

Central, New Decatur,... Morgan 

Centre Grove, Morgan 

Cherry Hill, Franklin 

Danville, Morgan 

Decatur, isl Church, Morgan 

Enon, Lawrence 

Friendship, Lawrence 

Falkville, Morgan 

Furnace Hill, Colbert 

Gum Springs, Lawrence 

Gum Springs, Morgan 

Harniony,.: Lawrence 

HilUboro,; Lawrence 

Hopewell, Morgan 

Hartselle, Morgan 

Isbell, Franklin 

Lehanon, Morgan 

Macedonia, ..*. Franklin 

Macedonia, Morgan 

Mt. Zion, Morgan 

Mt. Zion, Lawrence 

Mt. Nebo, Franklin 

Mt. N«b», Morgan 

Mt. Hope, Lawrence 

Mission Grove, Lawrence 

Moulton Lawrence 

Mt. Pisgah, Morgan 

New Hope, Lawrence 

Mt Stanley, Lawrence 

New Prospect, Lawrence. 

New Friendship, Morgan 

New Centre, Morgan 

New Decatnr, 1st church Morgan 

Okolona Lawrence* 

Pleasant • Grove, Lawrence 

Prospect, Lawrence 

RusseFMUe, Franklin 

Rooky Creek, Morgan 

Sheffield, Colbert 

Salem, Lawrence 

Shoal Cfeek, Morgan 

SortVervflle Morgan 

PleasanfHill, Morgan 

Shady Grove, Morgan 

Siloam, .. Franklin 

Tuscumbia, Colbert 

Town Creek, «..■ Lawrence 

Trinity, '..Morgan 

Liberty, t .Lawrence 

Valhermosa Springs Morgan 



W. C. Summers 
J. I. Stockton 
J. D. Dawson 
J. E. Weaver 



Total 



John E. Weaver 
H. W Lantrip 
Jos. Shackelford 
E. S. Atkinson 
J. Gunn 
M. Briscoe 
W. T. Cobbs 
O. E. Comstock 
J. M. Roberts 
J. E. Roan 
L. A. Wear 

*J. D. McClanahan 
^saac Windsor 
No letter 

W. J. Briscoe 

R. T. Wear 

J. Speer 

I. D. McClanahan 

Isaac Bradford 

R. T. Wear 

W. T. Cobbs 

R. T. Wear 

J. Gunn 
J. Gunn 

J. R. Blackmail 
. M. Roberts 
L A. Wear 
W. E. Wright 
W. E. Wright 
I. W. Sandlin 
L. A. Wear 
T. R. Bragg 
J. F. Roan 
R. M. Hunter 
J. E. Weaver 
S.J. Ansley 
L. A. Wear 
J. E. Roan 
T. J. Weaver 
J. Gunn 
J. I. Stockton 

Jos. Shackelford 
R. T. Wear 
J. I. Stockton, 
J. M. Roberts 
W. E. Wright 



Increase by Decre'sed by , 



Clerk, 



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ohn H. Sockwell 

C. Leone 
. W. Owens 
J. Weaver 
W.T. Collier 
Jno. A. Thomason 
I. A. Crawford 
E. R. Richeson 
Burelsbn Orr 
W. W*. Garnett 
J. I. Wallace 
E. W. Roden 
T. L. Simpson 
G. W. Bridges 
G. W. Bond 
E. J. Pannell 
J. S. Howell 

Cottingham 
Orr 
Johnson 



Cl3.k's P. 



J. ^. n 
W. J. 
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E. P. 



W. H. Jankins 
F. F. Elkins 
A. W. Sykes 
W.H.H.Th .mpscn 
F. M. Jackson 
T.J. Byars 
R. B. Gibson' 
Geo. W. Jackson 
John Yates 
H . B. Irwin 
H. A. MoClellan 
M. H. Crow 
C. A. Reynolds 
M. A. Masterson' 
W.J. Blankinship 
J W. Mapter 
J. R. Harden 
1. C. Reed 
M. C. Bragg, 

Peter Clay 
M. R. Oden 
E. Evans 
H. E. W 7 etherwax 
A. H. Daniel ♦ 
Mrs. M. E. Peck 
W, R. Simpson 
J. A. Moore 
R. M. Ramsey 
C. A. V/omble 
J. M. Jackson 
H.T. Lisle 
W. I. Young 
VV. E. Hardare 



Avoca 

Hartselle 

Town Creek 

Blue Spring 

Priceville 

I >ecatur 

Centre Grove 

Waco 

Danville 

Decatur 

Daavihe 

Danville 

Falkville 

Sheffield 

Hatton 

Falkville 

Moulton 

Hillsbo.-o 

Danville 

Hartselle 

Isbell 

Falkville 

New Burg 

FHnt 

Hartselle 

Edward 

Russellville 

Massey 

Mt. Hope 

Court land 

Mouiton 

Flint 

Courtland 

Town Creek 

Landers ville 

Somerville 

Somerville 

New Decatur 

Edmund 

Moulton 

Somerville 

Russellville 

Lawrence Cove 

Sheffield 

Moulton 

Priceville 

Somerville 

Simpson 

Sityville 

Russellville 

Tuscumbia 

Mt. Hope 

Irinity 

Town Creek 

Talucah 



REMARKS — (J) Trinity and Siloam are two new churches, (f) Reported last year, no report this year. (jP> No repor last |rear. Etha church dismissed 
to Cullman Association. Some churches have Sunday Schools and do not report them, some report school but not the 

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Bethel, (C) 

Bethel (M) 

Bethany, 

Blue Spring, 

Central, N. Decatur, 

Centre Grove, 

Cherry Hill, 

Danville, 

Decatur, ist Church, 

Enon, 

Friendship, 

Fatkville, 

Furnace Hill, 

Gum Springs, (L) 

Gum Springs, (M) 

Harmony 

Hillsboro,; 

Hopewell 

Hartselle, 

Lebanon, 

Liberty 

Macedonia (M) 

Macedonia fFi 

Mt. Zion, (M)! 

Mt. Zion (L) 

Mt. N^bo (F) 

Mt. Nebu. (M) ; 

Mt. Hope, | 

Moulton ! 

Mt. Pisgah 

New Hope, 

New Prospect, 

New Friendship, 

Mt Stanley 

New Centre, 

New Decatnr, 1st 

Okolona, 

Pleasant Grove, 

Pleasant Hill 

Russefiville, 

Rocky Creek, 

Sheffield . 

Salem 

Shady Grove 

Tuscumbia 

Trinity 

Town Creek 

Valhermosa Springs, 



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3 40 



85 
5 90 



1 46 



45 



3 00 
6 75 



5 80 
4 95 



21 45 



1 05 
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10 00 
6 55 



50 5 00 12 50 
10 00 

8 00 



3 62 
3 07 



2 00 



5 35 



6 
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1'otal 



2 75 
2 15 



1 00 



9 66 



1 25 

6 90 


5 66 






1 60 
10 49 

2 70 



263 65 86 43! 21 45j 73 79 14 16 



* Paid, t From Woman's Society for building &c, #250.00, has had no pastor this year. 

% Of this Bro. J. G. Orr gave $5 00 in memory of Miss Glenn Orr his daughter, f This 
church has a parsonage. |j This church has no house, f $4. paid for Ministerial Education 
by»D. J. Orr's family. %\ £5.00 for Educational Fund and #10.00 for |)rphan's Home was 
from the Sunday-school. jg$ #79 raised by*Sund*y-school. tH Sunday-school contributed 
$4.30 for Mission. \\\ $2o.i6js from the Carrie Shackelford Missionary Band of S. S. 




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T< jl collected from churches, 

Ci ections at Association for Missions, 

tu lections for Ministerial Education, 

Sir ay Collections for Missions, 

Ini est on Owen Fund, 

Iii -r^st on Courtland Church Fund, 



t5%_ F".xp«ise. repairs and poor, $141.25. Church building and repairs, 687.50. 



or, $14* 



Total of #828.7 

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Total, $ 898 43. 



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Rej-ont of Fiijaijce Committee o£ Muscle Skoals Association. 






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Bethel, (M) 

'Bethany, 

Blue Spring, 

Central, N. Decatur, 21 45 
Centre Grove, 
Cherry Hill,... 

Danville, 

Decatur, isi Church, 

Enon, 

Friendship,... 

Falkville, 

Furnace Hill 

Gum Springs, (L) 

Gum Springs, (M) 

Harmony, 

Hillsboro 

Hopewell 

Hartselle, 

Lebanon, 

Liberty 

Macedonia (Fi 

Macedonia (M) 

Mt. Zion (L> 

Mt. Zion, (Mj 

Mt. Nebo, (F) 

Mt. Nebo (M) 

Mt. Hope,.. 

Moulton 

Mt. Pisgah, 

Mt Stanley, 

New Hope, ..„ _. 

New Pro^ecRj .E 

New Friendship,..?*: 
New Ceno^,..» > l..."J.i 
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Okolona, L...J1.. . 
Pleasant GroVe, . 

Pleasant Hill **} 

Russeflville Vf 

Rocky Cr^kf^..... 
Sheffield,..!.—*. «- 
Salem, .........\.* 

Shady Grove, 

Tuscumbia, 

Town Creek 

Valherraosa Springs, 
Trinity, 



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10 00 



10 00 
6 55 



a 65 

3 07 



2 00 






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2 75 

2 "is 



Cash 



7 50 



9 66 



1 25 
690 



1 60 
10 49 



21 45 



2 70 



73 79 



Vchs 



5 00: 
10 00 



1 00 



Cash 
1 00 



12 50 

3 00 

4 60 

50 
2 50 



1 20 
3 00 



Vchs 



1 20 



14 60 



7 50 
10 15 



Cash 
13 30 

5 00 
2 50 



Vchs Cash 

85 
5 90 



3 54 

12 50|. 


1 46 


4 15L 

11 00 
3 00'. 


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6 38 




3 40 
1 1*1 


3 00 



9 00 



20C 

3 15 
5 00 



6 75 



5 66 



2 21 






9 30 




5 00 



4 08 



2 13 



42 
10 00 



14 16 31 51 32 38 



5 00 . 

17 50 . 

5 50. 

9 65 
30 00 . 
14 00 . 

8 75 
50'. 

4 33 
1 00. 

1 90 . 
8 59 

5 00 . 
5 00. 
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3 10. 

2 55 



5 80 



4 95 



5 35 



1 25 



3 40 

14 51 

20 50 

2 00 

8 30 



46 00263 65 86 43 



Vchs 



Cash 



2 55 



10 00 



67 




50 00 


















25 79 



Vchs 



38 34 



Cash Vchs Cash 
2 00 



4 45 
2 00 

5 00 



4 00 

5 00 



2 50 
2 50 



2 05 
1 00 



10 00 


50 


6 25 


5 50 


52 75| 



2 65 



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3 75 



15 40 



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2 00 


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1 00 


1 35 


1 00 


1 00 



40 



1 00 
1 10 
1 50 
1 00 
85 
1 00 

50 
1 05 



1 00 
1 00 

50 
1 00 

30 



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1 00 



1 00 

80 


1 50 


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81 


27 91 



5 00 



5 00 



RECAPITULATION. 



Associational Missions, 

State Missions 

Home Missions 

Foreign Missions 

Ministerial Education • 

Sunday-school, for Ministeria Education 

Sunday-school, for Orphan- 'ome 

Public Collection on Sunday 

Public Collection on Saturd" 

Public Collection on Saturday for Education. 
Minute Fund.... 



Vchs. 
86 43 2 9%~P % 




455 80 



291 47 



Paid Treasurer 

Paid Jos Shackelford lor T-easurer., 
Paid Treasurer by Clerk 



$ 343 00 

88 80 . 

20 00 collected since adjournment. 

4 00 



455 80 



Total Cash $ 455 80 

Total Vouchers.. 291 47 

Grand Total, 747 27 y- 



A. L. MOODY, Cliairmau. 



SUNDAY SCHt OL SUPERINTENDENTS-NAME, AND P. O. 



Central, New Dec itur, W. H. Simpson, Decatur, Ala 

Danville, D. F. C een, Danville, Ala. 

Decatur, 1st Chm cb, W. W. Garnett, Decatur, Ala 

Friendship, J, Dn ton, Danville, Ala. * 

Furnace Hill, O. ^ Comstock, Sheffield, Ala. 

Hillsboro, W. S. Stephens, Hillsboro, Ala. 

Hartselle, H. E. 1 elly, Hartselle, Ala.. 

Lebanon, S. J. V. ilhite, Falkville, Ala 

Mt. Nebo, J. S. Minter, Massey, Ala. 

Moulton, A. G. Spinks, Moulton. Ala. 



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Baldwin, j. T Flint, 

Briscoe, H. L. ...JFalkrilk. 

C^pstock , Q; E- -i- ."..-..Sheffield. 

MiteeK«.«..'/. . .....New burg. 

as. S...... Mt, Hope 




SinitJu W. (J. W Falkvilk. 

* Thompson. J.N ,.Falkville. 

* Wear. R. T Mt. Hope. 

* Wear, L. A... Landersville. 

* Weaver. J. B.... Lawrence's Cove. 
•.CKW8.J. T.... v Town Creek. 

Vincent, J, C. South Florence. 



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